I am very confused and lost. Hopefully someone might be able to help.
This is what I am trying to do: I want to create a community where every user will be able to post a blog post/response to a blog post after registration. I also want users to have an option to have their own diary (blog) and a user page on the website.
I want to set up a category on my website called community and add sub-categories to it:
User has to pick one of the categories for their post.
For the users diary I want to set category called users: something like
where their blog is displayed.
I also need to have static pages on the website (%postname%).
I have installed WPMS, but I am not satisfied with it's current permalink structure. I know how to change it in Network Admin, the question is what do I need to change it to?
I am familiar with WordPress, but I have no experience with WPMS. I don't quite understand what it's capable of and how to set it up to do what I need to do. I am sure there has to be a way.
I have also heard about BuddyPress. I wonder if it would be a better choice for me. BuddyPress is just a plug-in though. I doubt it would help me with permalinks. I am very confused.
Please point me in the right direction and let me know if there might be any resources online available to help my dream site come true.